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GROUNDED

OCT. 18 - DEC. 1

Featuring: Sonja Hinrichsen, Kathleen Probst, & ReCalling Re/Call

Connecting to the land through environmental observation.

 

[MacMillan & Hand-Rudy] Sonja Hinrichsen

[Polly Addison] Kathleen Probst

[McMahon] ReCalling Re/Call curated by Louise Martorano

 

 

Curatorial statement:

Land affects all of us. From the moment we take our first steps to the realization that the land we walk on may not actually belong to us, the place where we settle, grow, and become who we are shapes us in unexpected and often unbelievable ways. 

Artists, in particular, have always been drawn to the grandeur of the land and have been able to interpret and scrutinize it with honed detail in many different forms. Some artists connect to the earth through physical touch and interaction, performing on top or within a landscape, while even more artists use traditional methods of creation to process the landscape that surrounds them. With Grounded, the Dairy Art Center focuses on three distinct approaches to artists reacting to their landscape. 

In the MacMillan Family Lobby extended through the Hand/Rudy Gallery is artist Sonja Hinrichsen. Presented primarily through photographic documentation, Hinrichsen’s ephemeral Snow Drawings “accentuate natural features and emphasize the sublime beauty” hidden beneath the freshly fallen snow of the sites she chooses or is invited to work with. Often collaborating with a large group of public volunteers, Hinrichsen guides groups in the creation of snow drawings, created through walking looping paths with snowshoes in fields of snow or on frozen lakes.

In the Hand/Rudy Gallery, Hinrichsen traces the looping, man-made lines from her various snow drawings over the years. Through a series of performances, Hinrichsen traces images of the projected landscape, while documenting the performance. Building upon each performance she projects the documentation and traces the relief on top of the evidence of the prior. The layered work that is left within the gallery space is an artifact of observation, physical connection to the land, and feels topographical in nature.

The Polly Addison Gallery takes a different approach to landscape with the hard-edged fiber abstractions of Idaho-based artist Kathleen Probst. Her works are interested in pairing down a composition to the most essential elements, showcasing the artist’s intricate quilting technique and hand-dyed fabric. With forms reminiscent of icebergs, jutting mountain peaks, and folded origami sculpture, Probst subverts these sharp, powerful objects in a softened, welcoming way through her use of color and material. 

Eileen Roscina Richardson installing her work for ReCalling Re/Call.

ReCalling Re/Call in the McMahon Gallery, guest curated by Louise Martorano, Executive Director of Redline Contemporary Art Center in Denver, invites six artists to reflect on their own work in connection to the land. Created almost a year ago, Re/Call, created by Martorano and Mary Caulkins, asked a group of artists to lead the public through a weekend of performance, interactive sculpture, discussion, and reflection within the sprawling landscape of Fairplay, CO. 

This exhibition invites a selection of these artists back into a gallery space to present similar works for a different audience. Artists of the bARTer Collective ask us all to publically consider and share our personal relationship to the land, while artist Eileen Roscina Richardson utilizes natural materials found in her personal landscape to create kaleidoscopic sculpture paired with closely observed illustrations. Artist Gregg Deal collaborates with his daughter to create Invisible Loss Movement, a performance work that eliminates all color, flair, and music from a tribal powwow, only leaving behind a black, silent placeholder for the audience that is invited to watch. Climate research scientist Tyler Jones, asks his viewers to consider the sound of climate change through various one-on-one interviews that he presents via sound and video installation. 

Grounded will open on October  18th, starting at 5:00 pm. At 5:30 pm a brief introduction and discussion of the works on view will be made. At 6:00 pm the second of three performances by exhibiting artist Sonja Hinrichsen will begin. The reception is an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists and curators. Live music, light fare for attendees, plus drinks available for purchase. All receptions are free and open to the public.

Artist Sonja Hinrichsen will be hosting a series of three public performances as part of her exhibition. Please join us Thursday, October 17th, Friday, October 18th, and Saturday, October 19th at 6:00pm for her performances. 

A programmed performance from artists of Recalling Re/Call will take place November 18th. More details to be announced. 

UPCOMING

WE ARE WHAT WE WEAR

DECEMBER 6 - JANUARY 12

Featuring: Jim Ardnt, Erika Diamond, Noah Pica and Winnie van der Riijn, and The Pavlova Project: a brilliantly costumed life

Opening reception: December 6, 2019 from 5-8pm

The Pavlova Project
A Boedecker grant recipient.
The Pavlova Project
A Boedecker grant recipient.
The Pavlova Project
A Boedecker grant recipient.
Noah Pica and Winnie van der Rijn
Erika Diamond
Erika Diamond
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Using clothing as a means for story-telling.

[Hand-Rudy] Noah Pica and Winnie van der Rijn
[Polly Addison] Erika Diamond
[MacMillan] Jim Arendt
[McMahon] Peggy Turchette: The Pavlova Project

Curatorial statement: 
Clothing is used as a functional item as well as a form of expression. It becomes political with text, and functional with material (kevlar).

Extra Exhibition events (dates and details to be announced):

The Pavlova Project: The collection explores the life and art of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring women, ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931), through re-creations of her costumes and couture; the originals having been long lost or totally disintegrated. This meticulously reconstructed wardrobe has been crafted in one- quarter scale by Boulder artist Peggy Turchette using original photographs, drawings, paintings, film footage, and written descriptions. Over eighty-five individual outfits will be displayed on 16” mannequins, arranged in chronological order to provide a historical and cultural tour of Pavlova’s art, life, and times in a highly original way. This dazzling, uplifting exhibit provides children and families a special event to attend at this festive time of year. It is Nutcracker season, when magical dancing figures in sumptuous costumes seem to be everywhere. And the Dairy will be presenting other programs to accompany the exhibit: children’s workshops (Kids at the Dairy), gallery talks for school children and adults, a mini-film festival, and a ticketed multi-media presentation by the artist, with a Boulder Ballet ballerina dancing Pavlova’s signature piece, The Dying Swan, on December 29, 3pm. Anna Pavlova’s story is compelling on many levels. From a humble background in Imperial Russia, she became the most famous ballerina of her day. She dedicated her life to transforming ballet from an elitist European entertainment to an inclusive, worldwide art form. In her short life, she traveled with her company more than a million miles by boat and train, performing throughout Europe, North, Central and South America, Japan, Indonesia, China, India, Australia, Africa, and the Near East. She was a global phenomenon who became one of ballet’s greatest icons, beloved by her audiences as “Pavlova the Incomparable” and inspiring future generations of dancers, choreographers, and musicians. The Pavlova Project is presented in partnership with the Dairy Arts Center and the Boulder Ballet and is made possible in part through generous funding by The Boulder County Arts Alliance, the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Boedecker Foundation Path to Excellence, and the Avondale Trust.

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